Highland FFA Poultry Judging Team Takes Top Honors

Rockingham County, VA – Highland High School’s FFA chapter came away with a first prize in the recent poultry judging contest held at the Rockingham County fairgrounds. Let’s meet the four members of the team and find out what they like to do.

Tyler Jamison is a six-year veteran of the Highland FFA Chapter and has participated in livestock stock judging, avian bowl and agricultural mechanics.

Ben Hull has been an FFA member for 7 years and competes in cattle working, avian bowl and tractor driving.

Derrick Burns is also a 6 year FFA member and likes anything related to agricultural mechanics.

Emily Botkin says she’s been in the Highland FFA Chapter for 4 or 5 years and enjoys learning new things and meeting new people.

Highland’s senior poultry judging team was up against 14 other teams from across the state of Virginia. Some of those schools have enrollments ten times the size of Highland High School.

Highland’s team scored 1,293 points and beat out Central HS of Woodstock, Virginia by a single point. The third place team was perennial poultry judging powerhouse Spotswood HS of Penn Laird, Virginia, just four points behind. Highlands’ FFA competitors are honing their skills for the state convention coming up at the end of June.

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